When I first saw the boot I was intruded. I commonly like Haglöfs modest but characteristic chic. I’ve jogged the most recent copies of the ‘Gram’ series the last couple of years (Check THIS & THAT). I treasured the dense style and the overall light and style towards trail footwear. The up-to-date ‘L.I.M Low’ was somewhat new-fangled and diverse. Once I saw the shoe I wasn’t really thinking about hiking. It was more of a light and reckless trail running shoe for my likes.
So when I got the pair and unboxed it I was not really amazed that the quality and the weight (272 g each) was top notch. I was more astonished what the sole had to offer. In anticipation of a rough and forceful off-road sole I came across a relatively modest attitude towards off-road sole design. In general the shoe looked particularly aggressive and fast. But I wasn’t sure in what topography it would execute the best.
The first parts of my local examination circlet is regularly on cemented streets. Straight from the start I valued the flat style and the low cut. The sensation of the shoe while running is excellent. There is a real road-flat sense towards it. Trail shoes typically give me a hard time on the first parts of my test run but this one felt decent and accustomed to paved ground. After a couple of minutes and some strides later I hit the forest highway in the direction of the first single trail unit of my run. Still amused and confident to run the ‘L.I.M Low’ I ask myself why this shoe is destined to be a hiking model. Running in this kicks just feels right.
It is still a bit wet as it has rained the last couple of nights. So this is a virtuous set-up to exam the grip. I hoover towards a stone segment and the sole comes close to sliding. Still a contented feeling in tough and tricky conditions. As the sole design is not widespread and grippy the fairly soft sole material makes up for respectable tug. As I corner around some trees I feel that the mud ducked in and I feel a little bit unsecure. Nothing special as the shoe and traction is back quickly after an encounter with a puddle cleaned the tires.
There is a drizzly grass hill I have to climb for a bit. I’m a bit astounded when the ‘L.I.M Low’ feels like home. No slipping and sliding there. I grin as the shoe is a fun partner for this quicker run. My run takes me past rocky trails and more mud. Still I’m confused why this should be a hiking shoe. For me it would be wasted during a hike.
During the last couple of weeks where I used this shoe for about 180 kilometres the ‘L.I.M Low’ turned out to be a pretty solid all-day running shoe. It is light but the protection and cushion is still there and more than sufficient for my likes. Once more, Haglöfs offers a shoe that has top notch quality and is produced with attention to detail. I’m certainly looking forward to more miles in this shoe. It’s fun to have such a great all-rounder in the arsenal. This shoe could be easily used for speed-hike sessions as well as non-technical hiking but for me it feels right that this shoe is moved faster!
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